(AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says five crawfish species found in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi are still common and have been dropped from a petition seeking endangered status, but a sixth needs protection.
Scientists recommended listing the slenderclaw crawfish as endangered. It once was found in Alabama and Georgia but now may be only at one Alabama site. Aquatic biologist Jeff Powell said Tuesday that five other crawfish species still need study.
The 11 kinds of crawfish are among 404 southeastern freshwater plants and animals that the Center for Biological Diversity asked the agency in 2010 to list as endangered. The Obama administration agreed in 2011 to consider 374 species in the region from Virginia to Louisiana.
Officials say that's now down to 367.
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